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"together-apart bag"... new pattern

2020 was a challenging year. I don't think any of us would have imagined that a year later, we are still in a lockdown. It hasn't been easy to stay optimistic. Our physical, emotional, and mental health are taking a toll on all of us.

Last month, my 11 year-old son got Covid and had to isolate in his room for two weeks. His fever ran high, but since we had to stay physically apart, I couldn't even give him hugs. Food was brought up to his room day after day. Frankly, I don't think I would have been able to stay in my room for that long. He was such a champ. During the isolation, his friends left treats and flowers at our door step. It was so heartwarming. We felt supported and cared; we didn't feel alone. We were so grateful for their generosity and love.

This pandemic is still keeping our loved ones apart (physically), but there's a way in which we can cheer up those we care about but cannot be with. We can give them a care-package filled with self-care products, flowers, yummy treats, or craft projects! With that in mind, I created this new pattern called 'together-apart' bag. It is my elevated version to using paper gift bags. It's practical, pretty, and reusable. The pattern comes in four convenient sizes to accommodate various size contents. You'll be letting your loved ones know that although we may be apart, we are together in our hearts!

Happy sewing & spread your love!



'together-apart' bags shown above are Small and Large size. Featured fabric is Dawn Break, Indian Cotton fabric by Merchant & Mills, and the Shaker style wood sewing box is handcrafted by a Canadian artisan, available from June Home Supply.

The pattern comes in four sizes: two tall and two square bags.

Just to give you a sense of scale, below is a photo of the medium size bag beside the typical brown paper bag.

This bag comes together very quickly so you can make a bunch and fill each bag with yummy provisions like tea and chocolates...

...or healthy treats...

...or skeins of yarn...

Please share your lovely together-apart bags on social media using the hashtags #indigobirddesign, #togetherapartbag, and #Indigobirdpattern so that I can find you!

Stay creative and stay safe everyone!

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